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  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,172

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years' time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hanging out for book 2.

  • By Amanda on 04-10-2015

Great story. Can't wait for the film!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-2016

I was very very pleasantly surprised by how good this book is. Great story line, supported by a good and easy writing style and enjoyable (gravelly) narration that didn't irritate me nearly as much as I would have expected.
It's pure sci-fi, written with fair realism, Characters are 3D enough to make them matter and descriptions create good visuals without going over the top.
A couple of core elements strain credulity, but after you've decided to go with the flow it's no issue.
I've already bought the second audiobook in the series and the only fear I have is that I'll run out of books before I get to the end of the story. I don't want another GoT!

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,428

A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected but brilliant!

  • By Michael on 27-11-2015

An extraordinary book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-12-2015

I purchased this audiobook, as much as anything, to test the truth of the title. In the final analysis it delivers on its promise. This is an extraordinary book in terms of its scope and reach. The narrator is easy to listen to (not always the case with Americans to my ears!) and you can just sit back and absorb whatever grabs you.
I listened to it in the car, which is probably not the best place to give it the attention it deserves, but then I could have ended up with my brain full, and that wouldn't have been ideal either.
If you have the time and inclination to hear about many things you've either forgotten about, or always thought you should know more about, this is a good choice.

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,114
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,857
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,857

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!

  • By Mr on 19-06-2015

Great story - especially if you like chemistry!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-2015

Intense and entertaining storyline about a stranded astronaut working out how to survive on Mars until he can be rescued. The author is clearly very knowledgeable about an enormous range of relevant technical issues. At many points in the story he cedes plot control to his enthusiasm and the reader feels they're receiving a lecture in chemistry. That would be fine if you like chemistry - it was never my strong suit, so I'm probably biased - but more story and less technical detail would probably work better.
Having said that, I enjoyed the story and the performance immensely while listening to it in the car.
It was unusual, believable and, in many places, amusing.